from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A coin formerly used in Britain and worth six pennies.
- n. The sum of six pennies.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A former coin worth six old pence; a tanner.
- n. The value of six old pence.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An English silver coin of the value of six pennies; half a shilling, or about twelve cents.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An English silver coin of the value of six pence (about 12 cents); half of a shilling.
- n. The value of six pence, or half a shilling; a slight value: sometimes used attributively.
- n. In the United States, especially in New York, while the coin was in circulation, a Spanish half-real, of the value of 6¼ cents.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a small coin of the United Kingdom worth six pennies; not minted since 1970
He went to a house that he knew of, and offered to chop some wood for sixpence, and with _that sixpence_ he bought the pipes.
A YOUNG spendthrift being apprised that he had given a shilling when sixpence would have been enough, remarked that "He knew no difference between a _shilling_ and _sixpence_."
"They like things to be neat and new, and that sixpence is bent."
"A sixpence is a tanner, and a shilling a bob; but what a pony is I don't know."
Juries also disliked convicting when the penalty for coining sixpence was the same as the penalty for killing a mother.
I only know a few words; they call a sixpence a tanner, don't they? '
"Do you mean thieves 'slang -- cant? no, I don't speak cant, I don't like it, I only know a few words; they call a sixpence a tanner, don't they?"
“A sixpence is a tanner, and a shilling a bob; but what a pony is I don’t know.”
‘Do you mean thieves’ slang — cant? no, I don’t speak cant, don’t like it, I only know a few words; they call a sixpence a tanner, don’t they?’
I have played him and beat him; and a sixpence is my spoil and just reward.